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Like another Texas favorite, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 1,200-acre Inks Lake State Park is located on the pink granite outcroppings of the Llano Uplift. The park is characterized by scenic vistas overlooking expansive granite hills and 803-acre Inks Lake. Over 7 miles of hiking trails are available. Extremely popular year-round, the park offers recreational opportunities such as camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife observation, SCUBA diving, swimming, boating and water sports. Boat ramps, two fishing piers, a playground, and a 9-hole golf course are also available. Since the park's group facilities, mini-cabins, developed (RV) and tent campsites are often in high demand, reservations are highly recommended.
Swimming hotspot, the Devil's Waterhole Copyright © Justin W. Moore
Wildlife includes white-tail deer, wild turkeys, various lizards, snakes, ospreys, and numerous songbirds. Birding opportunities in winter are excellent as red-breasted mergansers, common loons, and bald eagles congregate in the area.
Fish species in 803-acre Inks Lake:
- Bass: Guadalupe, Largemouth, Striped, White
- Catfish: Channel, Flathead
- Crappie: White
- Shad: Gizzard, Threadfin
- Others: Bluegill
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 3 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 4 star Solitude 1 star Trail System 2 star Water Recreation 4 star Wildlife 4 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookInks Lake State Park is another of Texas' more developed parks, offering two fishing piers, a 9-hole lakeside golf course, grocery store, boat rentals, and concessions. Even during periods of peak visitation (spring break, summer and holidays), we often find the hiking trails pleasantly deserted. The trails are well-marked and offer many scenic views of the surrounding granite-covered landscape and Inks Lake. The trails are arranged in a loop configuration, simplifying the task of creating a hike to suit your needs and abilities. In addition to abundant wildlife, several species of cacti and numerous sotol plants jut out of the rock throughout the park. During our relatively short hikes, we spotted a garter snake, numerous turkey vultures, cardinals, and other songbirds.
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The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio
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|Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112